crape myrtle not blooming - Knowledgebase Question

ST. PETERS, Mi
Question by jstreet766
October 8, 2009
lots of blooms now...gets about 8 hours of sun...few blooms on bottom branches...zone 5...has been fertilized with miracle grow as instructed. Anything we can do?


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Answer from NGA
October 8, 2009

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Pruning is the answer. Crape myrtles flower on new growth so pruning the lower branches in early spring will promote new growth and you should get flowers on them, as well. A contributing factor might be if the lower branches are shaded by the upper branches and therefore not getting adequate sunshine. I'd try pruning next spring and see how much of a difference it makes - a lot, I hope!

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